Camp With Hot Tubs at Benton Hot Springs

Nighttime Bonus: Stargazing on the Desert

Willis Hot Springs, Eastern Sierras, California
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The historic Benton Hot Springs Campground in Benton, California, is an unusual high desert location with natural mineral spring water and some of the best stargazing you can find because of its remote location. Each campsite offers a private hot tub for soaking. You can bask in the views of the White Mountains at sunset from your campsite, and when the stars come out, you have a ringside seat with no ambient light to diminish your view.

All in all, it's a full-on experience for all the senses.

Review and Description

Benton Hot Springs is well off the beaten path, about 45 minutes from Bishop or Mammoth Lakes in California. The campground is located on Highway 120 near the junction of Highway 6. It's a little more than 300 miles northeast of Los Angeles, near the Nevada border, and about 365 miles east of San Francisco.

Private hot tubs at each campsite make this campground one of a kind. The hot mineral water is soothing and relaxing. There are just nine campsites, and each is fairly private. The views of the White Mountains are spectacular at sunset and sunrise, and each hot tub has a fantastic vantage point.

Campsite Nos. 1 through 4  have a one-to-three person redwood hot tub that sits above ground. Campsite Nos. 5 through 9 are larger sites, and the tubs can accommodate four to eight people.

Winter can be cold at Benton, but the hot springs stay hot year-round.

Spring and summer months can be hot and buggy and the fall has typically mild weather.

Make sure you reserve a campsite before you arrive since the area is small and can easily be full. If it is a quiet time of year, staff members are only available during the middle of the day and not available at all some days of the week.

Tubs can be reserved for hourly rates. Guest rooms are available at the Old House and Inn at Benton Hot Springs, which is bed-and-breakfast inn; breakfast is only available to paying inn guests. The Inn also has hot tubs for paying guests.

Pros

  • Private hot tubs with temperature controls
  • Beautiful views
  • Quiet and relaxing
  • Fire pits, barbecue grills, and picnic tables and chairs at each site
  • Large sites fit multiple cars and RVs (no hookups)

Cons 

  • Expensive
  • No music allowed

Attractions

  • Hot springs in a historic setting

Rating: 5

Benton Hot Springs Campground Rates

  • Visit the website for updated information on rates. 
  • Rates are charged per hour or overnight and depend on the number of people in your group and whether it is a small- or large-tub campsite.
  • Second and additional days are same rates as the first day. Early check-in or day use costs extra. Children under 12 are free with a paying adult.